8 Best Children’s Ministry Conferences This Year

As we wave goodbye to 2022 and start planning goals for the coming year, self-improvement is on the minds of many. Are you ready to take your faith to the next level and fine-tune your skills as a kids minister? Attending a church conference is a must! Add it to your list of New Year’s goals and elevate your ministering skills for you and your community. Keep reading for a complete list of the eight best Christian conferences to participate in this year.

Grant Glas
January 2, 2023
Kids Ministry Leadership

Must-See Church Conferences in 2023

As we wave goodbye to 2022 and start planning goals for the coming year, self-improvement is on the minds of many. Are you ready to take your faith to the next level and fine-tune your skills as a kids minister? Attending a church conference is a must! Add it to your list of New Year’s goals and elevate your ministering skills for you and your community. Keep reading for a complete list of the eight best Christian conferences to participate in this year. 

Why Should I Attend Church Conferences 2023?

Church conferences are almost guaranteed to improve your focus, offering your church better support and leadership in the new year. Be the best church leader you can be by striving to better yourself every day — your ministry deserves it. The main reasons you should attend a kids' ministry conference this year are the educational and networking opportunities.


Exposing yourself to like-minded people and their ideas will inspire your ideas, spur your actions, and push you to do better. You never know — you might even build strong and lasting friendships. Put yourself out there and allow your skills to grow and develop by attending influential church conferences.


Here are our top eight children’s ministry conferences in 2023 to look out for.

1. Orange Conference

Orange Conference website

This conference curated by Orange, creators of the incredible children’s church curriculum, is jam-packed full of workshops to help ministry leaders thrive. Spanning three exciting days, this conference offers a unique chance to transform your leadership skills for good. Get on board and experience the magic of Orange with this unforgettable five-star experience designed by the nation’s experts in children’s ministry.


Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Dates: April 26 - 28, 2023

Cost: from $279

2. ARC Conference

ARC Conference website

At the ARC Conference, their goal is for pastors, leaders, and future church planters to build relationships with one another and receive resources that will help the local church thrive. Arc is a a cooperative of independent churches from different denominations, networks, and backgrounds who strategically resource church planters and pastors to help them reach people with the message of Jesus.


Location: Grants Mill Church of the Highlands - Birmingham, AL

Date: APRIL 25-26, 2023

Cost: from$195


3. Children’s Pastors Conference

Children’s Pastors Conference website

Start the year as you mean to continue and set your resolutions up for success this January with CPC church conferences in 2023. Unlike other children’s ministry conferences, this conference is for anybody who serves in ministry, not just pastors. This futuristic and strategic event connects leaders who serve kids and families to essential things: high-quality training, community bonds, access to transformative resources, and biblical inspiration to inspire their calling. 


Location: Orlando, Florida

Dates: January 10 - 12, 2023

Cost: from $389‍

4. Calvary Curriculum’s Children’s Ministry Conference

Calvary Curriculum’s Children’s Ministry Conference website

Do you want to strengthen your skills as a teacher, leader, and children’s minister? Join the 25th anniversary of the Calvary Curriculum Children’s Ministry Conference and help children build deeper bonds with God that will last a lifetime. Choose up to 7 workshops from the total 95 on offer, and design the perfect conference experience for you.

This affordable conference is a must for youth ministry conferences in 2023.


Location: Diamond Bar, California 

Dates: February 17 - 18, 2023

Cost: Registration from $30

5. Children’s Ministry and Church Leadership Training Retreat

Children’s Ministry website

If you live on the East Coast and are seeking something local, the Children’s Ministry and Church Leadership Training Retreat is a must. Ideal for kids ministry leaders, pastors, volunteers, and nursery coordinators, this inclusive conference is inspirational for all. Soak up the information and transform into a better church leader by elevating your skills with the wisdom of keynote speakers and key figures in the world of ministry.


Location: Brevard, North Carolina

Dates: April 18 - 20, 2023

Cost: $360

6. Unleash Conference

Unleash Conference website

Are you ready to unleash your ministry’s full potential in 2023? This is the conference for you. Adapt the way you teach young minds and bring your community’s youngsters closer to God with their workshops designed for children, youth, and student ministry leaders. The best part is you can adapt your experience to suit the age group you work with. Grow your skills and become a better church by investing in yourself and your skills.


Location: Orlando, Florida

Dates: February 1 - 2, 2023

Cost: from $99

7. The Alpha Conference

The Alpha Conference website

Alpha invites you to cultivate Kingdom Culture in your church with their church conferences in 2023. Arrange your conversations, thoughts, plans, and prayers around what God is doing now, and join the movement as leaders of all denominations and cultural backgrounds across the world explore faith together. This global conference reaches the hearts of people everywhere, sparking conversation about the influence of churches and their missions. Inspiring empathy and active engagement, Alpha consistently reaches the hearts of all kinds of people.

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Dates: January 26 - 27, 2023

Cost: from $125

8. The Evangelical Network

The Evangelical Network website

The Evangelical Network (or TEN) will start with a bang in 2023. As usual, expect the first night of the evening to commence with the annual welcome dinner and music extravaganza – Remnant Sings! The following two days will consist of seminars and workshops led by some of the United States’ leading ministry speakers. Expect ample opportunities to discover, learn, share, and worship, among friends and comrades with this affordable and accessible conference led by TEN. 


Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Dates: August 31 - September 3, 2023

Cost: from $110

9. Shepherds Conference

Shepherds Conference website

Designed for male leaders in particular, the Shepherds' Conference follows truths of scripture, with an emphasis on the unfaltering faith of God’s followers. The theme “Shepherding the Remnant” will resonate with many church leaders who strive to lead with conviction and relentless determination, always inspired by our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It aims to bring people together to be unashamed in their commitment to God and biblical ministry, who are dedicated to consistently doing their best for the people of their community.


Location: Louisville, Kentucky

Dates: March 8 – 10, 2023

Cost: from $110


Conclusion

Investing in your church means investing in yourself. Become the kind of leader who makes a difference by making it your mission to attend several of the best children’s ministry conferences in the coming year. Not only will they open your mind to improved ways of thinking and better ways of teaching, but they could open your heart to new friendships, providing you with deep and lasting relationships for the rest of your life. Attending church conferences in 2023 – led by Christians like you – is a no-brainer.

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